Christie Hawkins received a BFA in glass and sculpture from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Minnesota. Hawkins’ recent work explores the use of machine embroidery as an abstract medium, and continues to refer to antique technical illustrations in that work. In addition, Christie does projects for churches and worship spaces.
Christie’s solo shows include The Minneapolis Institute of Arts; The Catherine G. Murphy Galleries, College of St. Catherine; Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis; and the Northfield Arts Guild.
Christie has been awarded the Bush Artist Fellowship; the Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant, and the Largest Jury in the World (MAEP), among others. Her commissions and collaborations include a sculpture for Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins, a baptismal font for Holden Village, and a glass window-wall for the Northwest Area Foundation’s office in St. Paul.
Christie has served as guest artist, lecturer, building consultant, fabricator, and teacher. She served as a member of the MAEP Artists' Panel at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where she was also a guest curator. She volunteers regularly in her church and her community, and as always, approaches every home improvement as an art project.
Reviews of Christie’s work have appeared in American Craft, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Art Paper, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Vinyl. She has been at St. Olaf as Technical Supervisor since 1994.